Charming the laptop marketplace this season with the latest Intel eighth-generation processors, dazzling displays, and super-long battery backup of over 13 hours are the new Surface Laptop 2 ($999.00) and the Surface Pro 6 ($899.00). Microsoft has designed its new offerings with great love and insight—something that is apparent in both their form and function.
Surface Laptop 2: Merging Power with Elegance
Driven by an 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor (or i5), 16GB RAM (or 8GB), and Intel UHD Graphics 620, the 13.5” laptop offers powerful performance and an incredibly bright and vivid display. Extend the high-speed SSD storage to as much as 1TB, and there, you just managed to carry your world with you. Since the laptop runs Windows 10, you get easy access to productivity tools, Cortana, and face-sign-in through Windows Hello. The package also throws in a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 365.
The super stylish laptop is available in eye-catching colors like burgundy, platinum, cobalt blue, and black. The keyboard is particularly stunning, all done up in a fine Alcantara material that is truly luxuriant. It boasts of a sleek (14.48mm thickness) and lightweight body (2.76lbs–2.83lbs). This makes it astonishingly convenient to carry along to school or work; the portability is further boosted by the amazing battery life of 14.5 hours.
The elegance that this laptop exudes from outside is intact in its stunning touchscreen display – PixelSense, a 3:2 aspect ratio, and a screen resolution of 2256 x 1504. Simply put, this translates into viewing delight when you browse through pictures or tune in to Netflix. The Dolby Audio Premium sound system and the omnisonic speakers complement the experience with élan. The well-protected screen (with Corning Gorilla Glass) supports a Surface Pen (sold separately) which means hours of doodling, drawing or note-taking. Facilitating wireless connectivity and device support are a USB 3.0 port, a mini display port, a front-facing camera (720p), 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1.
Surface Pro 6: Godsend for Design Professionals
Matching the Surface Laptop 2 in several winsome aspects at a lower price is the Surface Pro 6 – a stylish laptop fitted with an eighth-generation Intel Core processor (i5 or i7), 16GB RAM (or 8GB), up to 1TB SSD memory, and special features for design professionals on the move. It comes with an innovative kickstand (inbuilt) that you can adjust to a writing/drawing position. With the capability to work in three modes—laptop, tablet, portable—and a responsive touchscreen with SurfacePen support, this laptop lends itself well to creative pursuits.
Some of the specifications of this laptop are a tad lower than its accompanying launch—the screen size is 12.3”, the battery lasts for 13.5 hours, the only colors are platinum and black. However, the computer boasts of an even sleeker design with a thickness of only 8.5mm and a weight of 1.71lbs–1.75lbs. The screen resolution is a grand 2736 x 1824 that is perfect even for image editing and visual modeling, let alone streaming movies. If you tend to use your laptop to run Photoshop, SolidWorks or other design software, you’ll find the experience smooth and speedy. The support for devices/peripherals and wireless connectivity is similar to the Surface Laptop 2. Additionally, it also has a rear-facing camera (1080p).
The new Surface laptops on the horizon sure look promising! They have got a lot of people excited, including mobile professionals, people engaged in creative tasks, and anyone who aspires to partner with an elegant, powerful machine for everyday living.